Indian Minister Jaishankar holds trade talks in Seoul

Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on Tuesday held a meeting with South Korea's Trade, Industry and Energy Minister Ahn Dukgeun in Seoul. The two leaders held discussions on trade and economic cooperation between India and South Korea.

EAM Jaishankar, who is on a two-day visit to South Korea, also met think tank representatives of South Korea. He stated that exchanges will only increase as the convergences between India and South Korea rise.

Earlier in the day, Jaishankar met the Director of National Security Chang Ho-jin in Seoul. During the meeting, the two sides discussed shared convergences in the Indo-Pacific and contemporary regional and global issues.

During his visit to Seoul, Jaishankar will co-chair the 10th India South Korea Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) with South Korean counterpart Cho Tae-yul. He is also expected to meet with Korean dignitaries and the Indian community, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a press release.

In a press release, MEA stated, "India, Republic of Korea Special Strategic Partnership has expanded to diverse areas of cooperation, which include trade, investments, defence, education, S&T, and culture."

"The JCM is expected to comprehensively review the entire gamut of bilateral cooperation and explore avenues for further strengthening it. It will also provide an opportunity for the two sides to exchange views on regional and global issues of mutual interest," it added.

After concluding his visit to South Korea, Jaishankar will travel to Japan from March 6-8 for the 16th India-Japan Foreign Minister's Strategic Dialogue with his Japanese counterpart Yoko Kamikawa.

The two Ministers are expected to discuss issues of bilateral, regional and global importance, and exchange views on cooperation for a free, open, inclusive, peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific, according to MEA.


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